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Tom Aspinall nervous about fighting in front of a UFC crowd eventually

Keep an eye on Tom Aspinall at UFC Vegas 36 against Sergey Spivak


UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall is so used to fighting in an empty arena, that he’s a bit unsure how things will go when crowds return.

The UFC Vegas 36 card was originally planned to take place in London, but after the fights were moved back to the U.S., UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall is unsure about how he’ll fight when he eventually gets the chance to fight in front of a crowd again.

During his UFC Vegas 36 pre-fight press conference, Aspinall sounded a bit concerned about how he’ll adjust to fighting in front of a raucous UFC fan base when things eventually move back to normal.

Aspinall faces another rising star at heavyweight, Sergei Spivak in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 36 at the UFC Apex. Both fighters are undefeated in their careers with Aspinall recently earning an impressive win over former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.


While Aspinall is excited to compete in the octagon again, he’s a bit disappointed that he had to make the long flight from the U.K. to the U.S. only to fight in an empty arena for the fourth time.

“When I found it was going to be [at the Apex], to be honest, I was really upset,” Aspinall said. “I don’t know personally how I’m going to react to 20,000 people screaming because I’ve never been there before.”

“I want to see if something physically and mentally changes when there’s a lot of people watching. Now, I’m a bit interested if I’m going to be able to do this with a bunch of people in the crowd.”

Tom Aspinall faces Sergei Spivak in the UFC Vegas 36 co-main event

Before he signed with the UFC, Aspinall enjoyed a pair of impressive showings in Cage Warriors; with very small crowds in attendance for events. He earned knockouts over Sofiane Boukichou and Michael Ben Hamouda before getting the attention of UFC president Dana White.

Now, with six straight wins and a ranking in the UFC heavyweight division, Aspinall has the opportunity to prove that he’s here to stay and deal with the various challenges that come with competing on MMA’s biggest stage.


UFC Vegas 36 takes place on Sept. 4, live from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.